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Developers of home crushed in landslide blame lawn watering, pipelines for unstable soil


NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Developers of a North Salt Lake home that was crushed in a landslide last August say another homeowner's excessive lawn watering, nearby oil pipelines and an expanded tennis court made the soil unstable.

Eaglepointe Development and SKY Properties say in court documents filed Tuesday that their firms are not to blame. In a counter lawsuit, they instead blame homeowner Paul Evans, Kern River Gas Transmission Company, the Eagleridge Tennis Club and others.

The tennis club filed a lawsuit against the developers in April, claiming they knew the hillside was unstable.

Eaglepointe says its work on the hillside was properly permitted.

Evans told the Deseret News (http://bit.ly/1eRh9HP) that he's shocked at the lawn-watering accusations and says he was singled out because he's criticized the developers publicly.

Kern River Gas Transmission Company declined to comment.

Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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